Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Northern Clay Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
November 2015
End Date
October 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Le Sueur
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This program will reinvigorate studio practice of art educators and inspire new level of dedication to their creative practice and role as educators. We’ll reach one hundred art educators through eight workshops. Evaluations will show satisfaction of participants, greater confidence in teaching and enthusiasm for ceramics, and interest in lifelong learning. 2: Program will augment educators’ knowledge base and skills sets, providing tools and information to increase efficacy and enhance classroom experience. Evaluations will show increased technical and contextual expertise. NCC will establish online educator resources and adaptive classroom programs, benefiting an estimated 15,000 students the following year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

NCC programs reached 135 Art Educators through eighteen workshops; Curriculum/activities delivered relevant content for classrooms and studio practices. NCC had preliminary meetings with collaborating artists, three art educator consultants, staff, and Ursula Hargens (lead artist for initiative), to establish goals and objectives for each offering. Pre-assessment surveys were distributed to participants, enabling the tailoring of content to meet specific need. Post-assessment provided feedback about the quality, relevance, accessibility, and format of the program allowing for results to be interpreted immediately to fine-tune future workshops. 2: Programs provided Art Educators with demonstrations and lectures emphasizing technical information, materials, technique, and historical materials. Pre- and post-assessment surveys indicated an increase in knowledge gained during the site-specific workshops. Strong attendance at programs indicated to us the popularity and need for such programs. Qualitative evaluation (word of mouth and one on one with educators) revealed a new zest for learning and for classroom teaching. When given the reigns to design their own programs, select educators opted to bring artists into their classrooms, so that they and their students could learn together.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Craig Bishop, Mark Lellman, Rick Scott, Lynne Alpert, Bryan Anderson, Nan Arundel, Heather Nameth Bren, Lann Briel, Robert Briscoe, Philip Burke, Mary K Bauman, Linda Coffey, Debra Cohen, Nancy Hanily Dolan, Bonita Hill, Sally Wheaton Hushcha, Christopher Jozwiak, Patrick Kennedy, Brad Meier, Alan Naylor, TCody Turnquist, Ellen Watters
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Northern Clay Center will collaborate with regional institutions and clay artists and offer Minnesota art educators workshops that are designed to enrich their curricula, combining lesson plans and historical and social context with studio art practice.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Northern Clay Center
Street Address
2424 Franklin Ave E
Zip Code
(612) 339-8007
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Private equity manager; board chair, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Maya Beecham: Education team coordinator, Bush Foundation; visual and spoken word artist; freelance writer; Mary Bromen: Executive Director, Dakota Woodlands Women's and Family Homeless Shelter; John Connelly: Independent consultant to nonprofits, photographer; Scott Dixon: Artist and administrator, Commonweal Theatre; Sandra Gillespie: Visual artist; online writing instructor, University of Alaska Anchorage; former program director, Alaska State Council on the Arts; Fatima Said: Executive director, Project FINE (Focus on Integrating Newcomers through Education) in Winona; Robert Weisenfeld: Director of government grants and sponsored programs, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter
Conflict of Interest Disclosed